Improv Performance Troupe
Who are we?
Controlled Chaos Improv Performance Troupe started in July 2012 as the Mop & Bucket Company’s first student performance group before branching out on our own later that year.
We have performed for audiences of 5 to 150, from bars to formal charity fundraisers, to food co-ops, churches to coffee houses, Troy Night Out, and even the YMCA. We are particularly proud of our association with the American Cancer Society HopeClub of the Capital Region, a group of cancer survivors for whom we have performed numerous times.
Controlled Chaos loves to “mix things up” by making each show unique in its selection of short-form games, including some we invented ourselves. We’re not afraid to sing — or at least try — and pride ourselves on successfully encouraging audience participation during our shows.
When you get to be OUR age – five of our six members are AARP-bait, with our remaining member, in his late-30s, an “honorary old geezer” – you learn to roll with the punches and just have fun. That’s what Controlled Chaos is all about.
What is improv?
In a nutshell, we make things up. No scripts. No lyrics. Armed with just a list of what we call
performance games, we solicit audience suggestions as a starting point and see where
creativity takes us. We like to call it acting without a net.
Ever seen “Who’s Line is it, Anyway?,” either the original TV show with host Drew Carey or the
current version with host Aiesha Taylor? THAT’S improv.
If you prefer a more formal definition, here you go!: "Improvisational Theater, often called
improv, is a form of theater done in-the-moment. The actors ‘YES AND’ each other and work
together, often with help from the audience, to develop situations and characters that speak to
the human condition – in either humorous or serious vignettes. In all cases, improv actors seek
to make their performance partners look good and take joy in failure, in that it celebrates the
We the members of Controlled Chaos hope you are safe and well. Please continue to check our website for upcoming shows. Thank you for your continuous support!
Book us for your next event!
Controlled Chaos is available for performances, fundraisers, dinner shows, events and staff development. Please contact us by phone or email to book us or learn more about our group!
Judith - 518.428.9296
Sharon - 518.986.1410